This online discussion group is organized as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The discussion group aims to enable exchange of views and information regarding facilitating public access to biosafety information in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It will address the following themes: procedures for facilitating public access to biosafety information; format and language; timelines for providing information upon request; charging for providing information upon request; denial of information upon request; confidentiality; appeals; means of active dissemination; and biosafety records management systems. Parties, other governments and relevant organizations are invited to nominate individuals involved in, or responsible for, promoting public awareness, education and participation at the national level to participate in the Forum.
dates: 11-18 June 2012 venue: CBD Biosafety Clearing House Website location: Montreal, Canada (virtual)
The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in Panama City, Panama from 11 June – 6 July 2012.
dates: 11 June - 6 July 2012 venue: El Panamá Hotel and Convention Centre location: Panama City, Panama
The Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 is a collaborative outreach activity of the Secretariats of the Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and 25 other international, national and local partners. It aims to promote and strengthen synergies between the Rio Conventions at implementation levels by providing a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information-sharing about the linkages in science, policy and practice between biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification/land degradation.
dates: 13-22 June 2012 location: Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
This side event is being organized during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) by the Rights and Resources Initiative, Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) and Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura Sostenible (CCMSS). The aim of the event is to reflect on the role of forest communities and indigenous peoples in sustainable development. It will highlight a new global analysis of the benefits and impacts of tenure reform around the world since 1992, and share lessons and experiences from Mesoamerica, specifically Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
date: 18 June 2012 location: Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
This side event is being organized during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. It will focus on the economic, social and environmental impacts of container shipping in enabling trade in high growth markets, building on the preliminary findings of an impact study done by Maersk and Copenhagen Economics.
date: 18 June 2012 venue: Athletes Park, Pavilion H, Stand no. 35, Rua Salvador Allende, s/nº - Barra da Tijuca location: Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil additional: 11:30 - 1:00 PM
The Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world's twenty major economies will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, and will be the first such summit to occur in Latin America. In its G20 Presidency role during 2012, Mexico has prioritized: economic stability and structural reform for growth and employment; strengthening of financial systems and procurement of financial inclusion for economic growth; improving international financial architecture in an interconnected global economy; mitigating negative effects on price level and volatility of commodities, in particular those affecting food security; and promoting sustainable development with a focus on infrastructure, energy efficiency, green growth and financing the fight against climate change.
dates: 18-19 June 2012 location: Mexico additional: Los Cabos